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Coastal Northwest Garden Checklist: February

February 12, 2023

February is a wonderful time to get your garden ready for the coming growing season. We’ve compiled a monthly look at what you should be doing in your garden with advice from the Coastal garden department experts and the extension services at both Oregon State and Washington State Universities. This month, we’ll review February tasks.

Plant peas now (or soon)

If the last frost for your area is six weeks away, now is a good time to plant peas in a raised bed. That way they will mature enough to deliver several harvests in the summer. After planting, cover the crop with straw or clippings to protect them from winter rains. Note: Sugar peas and Chinese snow peas grow well in Oregon and Washington.

Get your starts planted

Indoor starts include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, as well as tomatoes, peppers, perennial flowers, and herbs. Learn more.

Trim fruit trees

Whether you started trimming last month or not, continue removing dead, diseased, and damaged branches. Learn more.

Cut some Whips

You’ll use these in the spring to graft or combine one plant with another.

Learn more.

Plant new fruit trees

When a fruit tree needs to be replaced, or if you have the room on your property, you’ll want to plant bare-root trees now. Just remember that altitude and climate play a big role in the type of trees that grow best in your neck of the woods.

Learn more.

Tune up and clean yard and garden tools and equipment

Clean the lawn mower (if you didn’t do it in the fall) and add new fuel and spark plugs, clean dirt and debris off garden tools, and get a new pair of garden gloves.

Control moles and gophers

trap and dispose of gophers and moles before they can become a problem in your garden.

Learn more.

Get Your Garden Started at Coastal

Check out the ever-changing garden department at your West Coast-owned and operated Coastal. Stop by today and pick up everything you need along with expert advice on what will grow best in your back yard.